I really didn’t do the level of planning that I would typically do for one of the French Friday recipes. This was a last-minute (ok, the day before – but I work so it felt a little last minute!) change to a menu for a mid-week dinner party. When I found out that my original plan wouldn’t work, someone suggested “fish”, I countered “I don’t have a grill, I’m not making fish for 6, 7, 8…!”. But then, as I started looking around to decide what to prepare, I really just kept coming back to these scallops. And I finally just decided why not? Well one reason why not was that I had a guest or two who profess a dislike for scallops. Then I thought – I could add some shrimp. But in the end, I decided that they could just deal with it, since I really thought that they would turn out well and everyone would like them. There is a particular type that I always buy, and they’re always terrific (I’ll admit it, even I don’t like all scallops!). So, it was decided!
Then, I had to think about what else to serve – I landed on Dorie’s suggestion of the spiced glazed carrots – they are now one of my go-to recipes. I also made a riff on one of her salads, this one with arugula, beets and goat cheese – and then we finished up with the salted butter break-up from last week. Simple enough.
Well, with all of that going on, you can imagine that I really didn’t get too into taking photographs. While I had made the caramel sauce earlier, there were enough things going on, that I really didn’t get to it.
|I love the steam! 🙂|
But the whole thing came together. We had a memorable evening, filled with a lot of laughter and great stories. And the scallops were a hit. Every delicious one enjoyed. Made a convert out of the non-scallop-eaters (who admitted that they would have only eaten shrimp if given the option and never even tried the scallops!), and found that they are a favorite of our guest-of-honor.
This turned out to be a super-simple dish. I wish I’d reduced the sauce a bit more. And would have liked to have made the candied peel as a garnish. Next time. But otherwise, it was really nice – a bit fancy, and also really fast! So Dorie came through again!